Veendam opens Québec City's record cruise season

Chateau Frontenac, a Québec landmark Chateau Frontenac, a Québec landmark (Photo: Anne Kalosh)

Veendam's arrival at the Port of Québec on Thursday marked the start of what's forecast to be a record cruise season. Some 131 calls by 34 ships from 25 lines are scheduled. That is five more ships than in 2015, the previous high.

A record 200,000 passengers are expected, a nearly 30% increase over the 2015 season.

Veendam was making its 66th call to the Port of Québec since its first visit in 1996. This season the 1,627-passenger ship will make 18 visits.

Holland America Line remains the most active line in Québec, with 42 calls by four ships—Veendam, Zuiderdam, Rotterdam and Maasdam. For several years, Québec has stood out as the line's best rated destination among the hundreds of ports Holland America visits.

Ships visiting for the first time include Ponant's Le Soléal, Viking Cruises' Viking Sky and Viking Sea, Silversea Cruises' Silver Muse and Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Jade.

Regional marketing efforts and the festivities planned for Canada’s 150th anniversary are among the reasons more cruises are charting Québec this year.

'We’re working very hard with several partners to make the Canada/New England circuit an international attraction,' said Mario Girard, president and ceo of the Québec Port Authority. 'Our 2017 figures show that investment in business development is paying off, and that the mobilization of stakeholders is key to the development of this sector, which plays a strategic role in the city of Québec’s prominence.'

Posted 05 May 2017

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Anne Kalosh

Editor, Seatrade Cruise News & Senior Associate Editor Seatrade Cruise Review